Hibiscus Gose | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Hibiscus GoseHibiscus Gose

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Tschnab on 03-30-2013

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Ratings: 714 |  Reviews: 111
Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shade1951
2.96/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

My ratings are actually high for this kind of beer. I was able to finish the 12 ounces without wanting to puke.

It's not the brewer's fault, I'm sure. It's just that I haven't found a sour beer that I like, but unfortunately have found a couple that tasted like sweat. This one does NOT taste like sweat, so it has that going for it. I was also able to finish it, which is more than I can say for a couple others in the style.

Maybe it's an acquired taste, one which I have not been able to acquire. I just don't know if it's worth it for me to work at acquiring it, when there are so many other beers that appeal to me.

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Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JayDubTrub
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The body is a bit too thin though this is refreshing enough and scores for originality - it could benefit from more body even from a touch more carb. Light taste of hibiscus followed by acidity and salt finish - it's interesting, worth trying, but making me crave other summer brews that have a bit more body and mouthfeel and linger on the palate.

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Photo of godawgs
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mpenske
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cryptichead
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellowish rosé in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving only a collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of hibiscus flowers are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the hibiscus flavors are a little stronger and there are also notes of sea salt and hints of coriander.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has some refreshing properties.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Clif202
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SpaethJam
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dum3z
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aemowgli
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERchitect
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Built for beating the summer heat, the Boulevard brewers lay at our lips an effortless, easy and simple ale with all the hallmark flavors of the season- sweet, sour, floral, fruity and salty.

Hibiscus Gose comes with a light rose color and surprisingly bright clarity. Its light a wisping froth is short while its racy scent decorates the nose with cider, wine, citrus and a flowery must. Its taste is lightly candied with pilsner and wheat allowing a bready taste of sourdough to persist.

With the sweetness and grain character in full retreat, the moderate sourness of the beer is chased by tart green apple, rose wine acidity, lime and lemon, and a flower friendly taste of cranberry, honeysuckle and red currant. Light on bitterness, the beer's herbal and faint funk balances the sourness with hints of burlap and hay.

Medium bodied for a gose, the beer's late taste falls to the thin and watery side while its sourness is reasonably mild. Lacking in the complexity department, the ale does trail with a rounded salinity that gives the brief aftertaste a whimsical memory of sea breezes and margaritas.

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Photo of cuvtcuv
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of descobar
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

from a fresh 12 oz bottle:
smell - floral hibiscus up front and center, hay and light bready malts, salt with hint of coriander.
look - deep gold/pale amber with a reddish tint, a 1/2" white head with low retention. perfectly clear.
taste - just a bit tart not quite sour. the flowery hibiscus flavor combines well with the mild bitterness, which stays at the palate, the saltiness and the spices.
feel - medium light body, but with a substantial, almost rich texture. lively carbonation and slight astringency. finishes long, tangy and smooth with persistent saltiness.
overall - refreshing and light as a good gose should be. the hibiscus gives it its own identity and makes it more interesting that a straight gose.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, served in a willi becher glass. Pours a darker copper body, orange hue, one finger white head, short retention, no lacing. Smell is sulphuric, astringent lemon, floral, grainy wheat, spice. Flavour is fairly wheat-forward and grainy, kind of astringent and sulphuric, heavy on the mineral, grainy, slight salt and a touch of spice. Mouthfeel is light bodied, good carbonation, with a slightly sulphuric finish that just bothers me a bit more than I'd like.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

L: Clear pink with a fluffy off white head that surprisingly has some actual retention and lacing.

S: Immediately salty with a snappy lacto tartness, coming across like a salty ocean spray. Complimenting it is subtle hibiscus sweetness, leaning toward a blush wine; and also raspberry soda, faint cracker malt, and a touch of red apple and passion fruit.

T: Big hibiscus upfront, leaning a bit toward canned plums in syrup like I usually get from hibiscus, but mostly leaning towards blush wine and raspberry soda. Flies away quickly with a very light lacto tartness and a touch of salinity, upon a very light backbone of thin cracker malt. Finishes lightly dry with a hint of red apple skin.

F: Very light, fairly watery, but with a good amount of carbonation. Very thirst-quenching.

O: A very nice, refreshing gose. Great for warm weather.

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Photo of Theisen5
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not typically a fan of sour beers. This one was great for me as I was looking for something similar to a shandy for a hot summer night

Look: fairly clear with a slight reddish tint.
Smell: slightly sweet but not a strong scent
Taste: obviously sour after all it is a sour beer, however it is well balanced with sweetness and a slight sea salt taste(but not salty?) Not bitter IBU is 11.
Feel: smooth, perfect level of carbonation for this beer type
Overall: I was very happy with this purchase, bought a six pack for a hot summer night it was exactly what I was hoping for.

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Photo of bschmidt_37
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ShawnL
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Baumer
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Golden apricot in color. Looks a bit like a light wine. thin head, a bit of lacing. head recedes to the edge of the glass and then remains.

S: grapefruit, citrus in general, funky odor, a little hibiscus perhaps. the smell is unique and very pleasant. the smell has a refreshing quality.

T: 60% sour, 40% sweet. VERY REFRESHING. very muted flavor. just when it starts to head in one direction, it changes direction and goes a different route. very nice. quick finish, extremely easy to drink

F: light bodied, good carbonation, quick finish with a dry aftertaste. very enjoyable and different.

O: a very solid beer that is ideal for drinking outdoors on a hot humid summer night. extremely refreshing and easy to drink. Also, a session beer, so buy a bunch. Boulevard strikes again.

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Photo of Branlott42
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Townsfoe
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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